Winter Sport - Skeleton: What are the major risks?
Category: Sports and Recreation
Asked by: parkcity-ga
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25 Sep 2006 20:49 PDT
Expires: 25 Oct 2006 20:49 PDT
Question ID: 768427
I live in Park City, Utah and have the opportunity to become certified to use the skeleton track here at the Olympic Park. The training is done by some of the top skeleton coaches in the world. Seems like a once in a lifetime opportunity but I want to make sure I fully understand the risks involved. I also paraglide, hang glide, scuba dive and fly private planes. I'm 42 years old, in good shape and don't mind taking some risks .... just don't want to put myself unneccessarily in harms way. My questions are: - What are the most common injuries and how do they occur? - How many significant (broken bone and above) accidents happen each year? How about on a per 1000 participant basis - What are some worthwhile websites that speak to the risks involved. - What other information can you share that speaks to the risks of the sport and the likely injuries if a mistake is made (ie, most injuries are minor) Thanks Doug
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Re: Winter Sport - Skeleton: What are the major risks?
From: pinkpanda-ga on 18 Oct 2006 19:57 PDT
Hello, I could only find this short blurb from a track EMT: "Is Skeleton dangerous? Clearly there is an element of danger in the sport. The potential for serious, even catastrophic or fatal injury exists and anyone who is contemplating trying the sport must acknowledge this. Nevertheless, most participants would argue that the sport is not as dangerous as it looks. Although fractures do occur, most collisions with the walls are glancing blows, not head on. Generally speaking, the injuries which occur are similar to those found in contact sports such as football or judo. (Despite the fact that Skeleton is not, technically, a contact sport.)" So it sounds like overall it's rather safe and you risk some pretty mild injuries (broken arms, broken ribs, sprains, dislocation) but there is a definite risk of fatal and life altering injuries such as a broken neck or spine or serious internal injuries (bleeding, punctures). Source: http://www.capital.net/~phuston/skelbob.html Hope I could help, Cheers!
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